Posted by DFW on 9/9/2021, 12:10 pm, in reply to "TFME"
When I started my first job, my friend there had been running a TFME program and we worked with them on lots of different things. The idea was to make it more about music professions, and not just education things. |
- Because we were close to a college campus, we brought out different professors to talk about their subject area and talk about what they do.
- He brought out musicians and other professionals from the area to talk about their lives and how they got there. Guitar players, soloists, and a recording engineer all came and gave talks during our monthly meetings.
- TFME were our primary volunteers for the program, and they did EVERYTHING. From organizing music in the library, cleaning the band halls, to even organizing the uniform room.
- We did some theory lessons, where we dug into basic music theory. Chord building, how to read scores, how to understand the harmonic structure behind the music we were playing in class, etc.
- I wanted to start doing some history things with them, but that never manifested. Might be something to look into.
- You could have a music share day, where kids bring in a favorite piece or album, and share a presentation about it. Then you could listen to it, and work on listening skills with them. (What do you hear, what instruments are playing, who has melody, who has harmony, what are the common rhythmic elements, how's the balance between players, how's the recording quality, etc.)
At the end of the day, the goal is to help them get an idea of what being a music educator is going to be like. I think expanding that idea to include other music professions helps be more inclusive to other kids who may be interested in a career in music but not as a band/choir/orchestra director.
Hope this helps!